If you have not yet sown your spring cabbages for next year, now is the time to do it. A good variety ‘Precoce de Louviers’ spring cabbage can be sown in late August or September, the seeds are available from the excellent Real Seed Catalogue . Full size cabbages are only really suitable if you have beds and plenty of space to grow them as they need to be planted a couple of feet apart, which would mean only one plant per pot or container. If you are growing in containers you are far better off with cut and come again leaves like spinach and Nero Di Toscana kale.
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You can still sow some carrots in August if you pick the right varieties, like ‘Ideal’ that is ready to eat 6 – 12 weeks after sowing from the Suttons Speedy Seed range. They also do a variety of dwarf french beans that you can harvest 7 weeks after sowing, there are lots of other veg in the same range that are ready to eat in 6 -12 weeks.
Another carrot that you can probably still get away with sowing now is the widely available ‘Nandor’ variety which is resistant to carrot root fly and is good for over-wintering as well as being quick maturing.
You can still also sow radish, turnip, onion, spinach, lettuce, parsley, cabbage, chervil, cress, beetroot, escarole, endive, rocket, spring onion, mizuna, chinese cabbage, lambs lettuce, pak choi.